When the weather outside is frightful, it can often be difficult – and other times downright dangerous – to brave the storm and keep your fitness studio appointment.
No worries. In life – and in exercise – a little snow must fall. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep a regular workout schedule until the gym doors open once again.
Here are four great winter workouts to try this season.
- A New Way to Sleigh Ride – There’s one wheeled wonder that beats any run of the mill snowmobile at burning calories this winter – and that’s a stationary bike. Cycling strengthens the core, the calves, thighs, and more. Better yet, one good cycling session burns literally hundreds of calories.
- Join the Resistance – Using your own bodyweight can deliver a rousing cardio workout, without the need for weights or equipment. Bodyweight training works out multiple muscle groups at the same time – unlike weight machines, which typically target certain areas. Pushups, pullups, and squats are great to do indoors on a snowy day, as are lunges and plank workouts. Try plyometric exercises, too, and hop, skip, and jump into a happier, healthier New Year.
- Climb, Don’t Run – Runners can experience some serious withdrawal symptoms during those chilly days when Jack Frost makes venturing outdoors downright unpleasant. Climbing stairs can deliver the same heart-beating benefits, and is usually accessible anywhere you go.
- Dance, Dance Revolution – Haul out the boombox – or the iPad – and crank up the holiday tunes. Here’s the great news about doing a full-fledged dance workout in the privacy of your own home: not a creature is watching, so you can feel free to seriously get down and get a fierce cardio session in the process.
Even when the barometer registers bitter cold this winter, you will always receive a warm welcome at Fitness Together Ellicott City. Our facility serves residents of Howard County, including those in areas such as Marriottsville, Columbia, and Catonsville. Call us today at 410-750-2228 or stop by the studio for more information.